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Copper theft suspected in fatal El Monte explosion

EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a man has been killed in an El Monte fire and explosion being attributed to an attempt to pilfer copper wires.

Los Angeles fire Inspector Frank Garrido says crews responded to a reported explosion Monday morning and found a large, one-story commercial building on fire. They put out the blaze in about 15 minutes.

Garrido says crews found the unidentified victim's body by an electrical vault and believe he was involved in an attempt to steal copper wire.

He did not know if the victim was electrocuted, or if he died from the explosion and fire.

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